5 Best London Castles & Palaces

English Heritage champions history, and the historic places that make our nation quite a good one. With every visit (and entrance fee) to an English Heritage site, of which there is an incredible list of 400 across the country to choose from, you will be protecting the future of our heritage, so for that reason, amongst many, we would like to give each and every one of the English Heritage team a proper round of applause.

Check out the credentials below, and be impressed.


  • Over 400 sites open to the public
  • 11 million visitors each year
  • Just under 750,000 members
  • Over 445,000 free educational visits a year
  • 10 million photographs, plans and surveys publicly accessible
  • £24 million given out in grants each year
  • 17,000 planning applications advised on each year

Below is our round up of the nearest family events to London this Summer, ticket prices and more details on each venue can be found here.

1. Kenwood House, Hampstead

To celebrate the Lord Iveagh’s donation to the nation of Kenwood and his outstanding art collection, we’re hosting a rip roaring 1920s garden fete. With horse and cart rides, Charleston dance workshops, rag time music and more. Come on down!

2. Apsley House, London

Join us every weekend in June at Apsley House as we run through significant events in the build up to the Battle of Waterloo. In this final week we look at the anniversary of the Battle of Vitoria 1813, this led to eventual Victory of the Peninsular War.

3. Chiswick House & Gardens

Follow Gulliver on his journey of a lifetime, brought to you by London Touring Theatre in the spectacular grounds of Chiswick House.

4. Eltham Palace

Give that toy sword a whirl or put on your prettiest dress and head back in time for activities on a medieval theme. Transform yourself into a noble lord in squire training, and even try on armour in our academy for budding knights and princesses.

5. Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent

You are invited to meet the Darwin’s at Down House. Enjoy tales of Darwin’s discoveries and voyages, learn about his continuing research and hear about his life at home with his adored children.